Sleep Sabotaged by Your Lover?
If your snoring spouse is keeping you tossing and turning at night, you're not alone.
According to a Harris Interactive poll of 1,361 adult Americans who share a bed with someone else on most nights, fully 25 percent reported their partner's sleep problems interfere with their own sleep.
In addition, a whopping 47 percent reported losing at least three hours of sleep a week due to their partner's snoring, tossing and turning, and insomnia. Thirteen percent of respondents reported sleeping better when their significant other is away or in a different bed.
Newswise reports that the leading reasons for sleep loss attributed to a bedmate are:
- 34 percent: snoring
- 15 percent: tossing and turning
- 14 percent: insomnia
- 14 percent: hogging the mattress or covers
"Sharing a bed with someone who has sleep problems or poor sleep habits can wreak havoc on your own sleep," acknowledged Bruce C. Corser, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Management Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The good news is that insomnia is a highly treatable condition without resorting to medication. Newswise.com offers these tips that really work:
- Nix the noise
If your partner snores, get earplugs for yourself or add a "white noise" machine. Encourage the snorer to sleep on his side.
- Kick Leno and Letterman out of bedDon't watch television in bed. It should be used only for sleep and sex.
- Minimize midnight disruptionsIf your partner gets out of bed during the night, make sure he or she sleeps closer to the door. If your partner tosses and turns, consider a larger bed, or even separate beds.
- Temper the room temperatureJust like Goldilocks, you don't want it to be too warm or too cold. The temperature needs to be just right to promote sound sleep. Adjust the thermostat, your bedding, and your sleep clothing. Open or close a window.
- Relocate RoverSeventeen percent of respondents to the Harris poll reported that their pet interrupts their sleep. Make your dog or cat sleep on the floor, on its own cushion, or in another room.